[TheDailyEnlightenment] #292 / Inter-Religious Organisation Buddhist Nite
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INTER-RELIGIOUS ORGANISATION, SINGAPORE - BUDDHIST NITE
The Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) was established in 1949.
Its main aim is to promote inter-religious understanding, peace and goodwill
among the peoples of our
Since its founding, IRO has organised inter-faith prayer services, seminars,
conferences and published several books and in-house bulletins in keeping
with its objectives of promoting "Unity in Diversity" amongst its members.
This year the IRO is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a 1-mth
Inter-Religious Harmony Exhibition(started 20th June'99) and a Peforming
Arts Programme for the various faiths. From 22 June'99 to 1 July'99,
different nites are dedicated to different religions.
This coming Friday, 25th June'99 is Buddhist Nite and we would like to
invite all of you to join us at the National History Museum Lecture
Theatrette(93 Stamford Road) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. (Pls. note that the
auditorium can seat between 80-120 people only)
Ven. Guang Phing will be sharing with us the different aspects of Buddhist
Culture and Bodhicitta (a Buddhist Group) as well as Youth Melody Choir will
be entertaining us with Buddhist hymns.
Do mark 25th June'99 in your calendar and make a date with us for that nite!
We are looking forward to seeing YOU!
Diana Lim / Eng Siew Cheng / Merlin Koh
For Young Men's Buddhist Association, Singapore (YMBA)
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QUOTE: Hermit Thoughts
Don't be surprised that modest hermits
Hide among the highest peaks
Nothing strange either in finding Dharma masters
Amid boisterous crowds
But stuck away from the world in a bottomless pit
With nothing and with no one to care
That's thought provoking.
-Thich Tue Sy: (What Book!? :Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop)
( http://www.levity.com/interbeing/whatwebsite.html )
It is because we are human that we are beings not just of reason, but
emotion too. This is why we need rituals to some extent, to mark the special
moments (such as marriage vows and graduation ceremonies), especially that
which are to be the spiritual turning points in our life, such as Going for
Refuge in the Triple Gem. Sometimes however, we don't exactly need a strict
ritual to mark an important moment...
Give me a ritual
I need a ritual, (though I shouldn't attach)
Anything that suits my taste
For me to put meaning,
The thing I need
to mark this moment
To etch it into my memory
To make sacred what might otherwise pass me by
as just another ordinary thing
EXCERPT: Leaving Me
(Dedicated to all Shian's friends and Phor Kark See Youth Mission)
Zeph's Poem-Letter to the gang :
Dearest Shiqin, Lynn, Ana, zM, sP, Stonpeace, Lianxi, Nowanden, Jay and
I feel like I am leaving me.
I will be going to study a Degree in Buddhism in the States* for 4 years
in Dharma Realm Buddhist University : http://www.drba.org/
I will be leaving all that I am familiar with,
my friends and family,
my favourite music (Depeche Mode)
(for I will be under strict discipline in the Buddhist School)...
I'm basically a music and movie and book person.
And I'll be living without the first two,
that which is obviously my entertainment
(and subtle source of spiritual inspiration.)
Leaving all I am familiar with,
that which makes up my identity, "me."
What am I without these things?
No longer me?
Almost scary... but it's not at all- it's liberating
I'm going to be reborn as a new clean person,
a stranger in a strange land.
Then after 4 years,
I'm coming back...
as another stranger in a strange land,
because my familiar friends and homeland might have changed
to what I know not anymore.
Losing everything we feel "important,"
I might have nothing left to lose anymore-
a kind of freedom.
Almost scary... but it's not at all- it's liberating
We are all changing, given chances to change.
We are all leaving our "me."
Are you leaving with me, leaving yourselves too?
I hope to leave soon, and return soon,
as a better person... to help teach others, with what I'd learnt,
all part of my prodding ahead on the Bodhisattva path,
trying, trying, trying...
Take care everyone!
Take care of each other.
I'll be trying not to miss you all. :-]
I'll try harder to treasure the moments we have together now,
and not be attached to them when I leave.
Any last words, anyone?
Your Brother in the Dharma,
*Buddhism is currently the fastest growing in the West, and is confirmed the
fastest growing religion in USA.
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